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Blog - December 18, 2014

 La Grenade: Nothing to Write Home About

Posted by  Anne McDougall 
in Restaurant Review
Blog: La Grenade: Nothing to Write Home About
We decided to check out La Grenade, a restaurant which opened at the end of summer, and is situated in what used to be a brasserie on Ontario street. The space has been cleverly refurbished, and is inviting and comfortable. In fact, if I lived in the area, this would be the bar I would want to drop in on regularly for a beer and a bite to eat. The menu items are street-food style or Asian, and quite reasonably priced. We started by ordering a Lemon Bliss cocktail for me ($8.75), a mixture of gin and lemon...

Blog - December 11, 2014

 Le Cartel Restaurant: Mexican, Peruvian and Asian Flavours to Savour

Posted by  Anne McDougall 
in Restaurant Review
Blog: Le Cartel Restaurant: Mexican, Peruvian and Asian Flavours to Savour
We were given a table by the window at Le Cartel, and on this Saturday night the place was quite bus. The decor here is simple yet cozy, wood tables, reddish and black walls, and a stunning original tin ceiling. The menu offers original transformations of Peruvian or Asian dishes, with a Montreal food truck approach. We began by ordering cocktails, a Botanical Caesar ($9) for my friend, and a MFG (made with Aquavit) ($9) for me. I like bitter cocktails, and mine was just that. I let Henri do most of the ordering, and perhaps I might ask for veto rights...

Blog - December 05, 2014

 Craving delicious grilled seafood? Brasseiro is the place to go!

Posted by  Anne McDougall 
in Restaurant Review
Blog: Craving delicious grilled seafood? Brasseiro is the place to go!
I was lucky enough to be taken on a date to Braseiro, a Portuguese Grill on St-Laurent Boulevard. I had to agree with my date that the octopus was surely amongst the best in the city. The waiting staff is exceptional at this place, with very attentive and personalized service. The place was very busy on the Saturday night we went, so be sure to reserve in advance! Brasseiro, 8261 boul. St-Laurent, (514) 389-0606...

Blog - November 27, 2014

 Vin Papillon Deserves its Excellent Reputation

Posted by  Anne McDougall 
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Blog: Vin Papillon Deserves its Excellent Reputation
Vin Papillon has an established reputation on the Montreal restaurant scene, having garnered positive reviews from EnRoute, and Lesley Chesterman of the Gazette, to name a couple. It is a small intimate space with limited seating and no reservations accepted, and although you might have to wait for a table, it will be well worth it. We arrived fairly early for dinner, and were given one of two last tables available. We took a picture of the three menus up on the wall -one for the food options, and two for the wine offerings- and sat down to consult them and...

Blog - November 13, 2014

 A Work in Progress? Industria Brasserie Italienne

Posted by  Anne McDougall 
in Restaurant Review
Blog: A Work in Progress? Industria Brasserie Italienne
I invited my friend and his teenaged daughter to try out Industria Brasserie Italienne, a recently opened restaurant in Griffintown.  The actual entrance is not the easiest to find, since the restaurant is a floor up from street level, and on the side of the building. Once you find it, though, an impressive space awaits you: a mix of industrial loft decor with modern plastic sculptured ceiling hangings and neat lighting fixtures.  The space is huge, with different seating options that range from small to large comfy upholstered booths, to bar stools and elevated tables along the windows and...

Blog - October 16, 2014

 Kyozon, A Touch of Class on Crescent

Posted by  Anne McDougall 
in Restaurant Review
Blog: Kyozon, A Touch of Class on Crescent
I had heard about the impressive architecture and decor, and it is absolutely true, this is a beautiful space, with many different seating, dining and drinking options. It is a great downtown venue: it has possibilities for those who just finished shopping and need a quick snack and a place to relax or for after-work get-togethers or even a spectacular setting for a first date (ask for a more private lounge space). This place just lends itself to all these options, and the differing menus add variety as well. My friend and I had meant to arrive in time...

Blog - September 23, 2014

 House of Jazz Will Please Jazz Music Lovers!

Posted by  Anne McDougall 
in Restaurant Review
Blog: House of Jazz Will Please Jazz Music Lovers!
The decor for House of Jazz Laval is just as impressive as the Montreal House of Jazz location. An amazing assortment of chandeliers cover the whole ceiling, Persian carpets and plenty of pretty trinkets give the place a lush atmosphere. The waiting staff is wonderfully dressed in 1920s garb, and the live music has talent. It is a pity that the food served does not match the luxurious setting, but the place is fairly new, and there is the hope that some improvements will be made as the restaurant...

Blog - September 15, 2014

 La Salamandre is worth a visit!

Posted by  Anne McDougall 
in Restaurant Review
Blog: La Salamandre is worth a visit!
We quickly realized, as we started enjoying the food at Le Salamandre, that the space, which is quite small, and sparsely decorated, gave us no clue as to the amazing dishes that are prepared here. There is an experienced chef in the kitchen who is both skilled and inventive, and we enjoyed the meal completely. The restaurant has a "petite table" or a "table gourmande" option. The first option includes a soup or salad, a main dish at a fixed price, tea or coffee. Entrées ($10) and desserts ($7) are...

Blog - September 04, 2014

 Sophisticated seaside snack shack

Posted by  Anne McDougall 
in Restaurant Review
Blog: Sophisticated seaside snack shack
Henri St-Henri is situated in the well-established restaurant area on Notre-Dame st. in the St-Henri neighborhood. It has an outdoor terrace on the street side. The décor is industrial and somewhat whimsical, with high ceilings, distressed wood, steel elements, a plastic swordfish watching over the diners and a funky lighting installation. The choice of music for the space was a lounge beat that would have been more appropriate for happy hour and was less conducive to flowing dinner conversation. The balmy evening inspired us to order cocktails, the Key Lime Harbour ($9) for my friend and the Port Orange ($10) for...

Blog - August 06, 2014

 You will want to come back to Le Billot!

Posted by  Anne McDougall 
in Restaurant Review
Blog: You will want to come back to Le Billot!
The Billot, on the Plateau, is a new addition to Duluth street just east of St-Denis. The Billot has all of the elements needed to make it a success: a well designed, good-sized indoor space, as well as a quiet terrace at the back, which is a perfect place for a Montreal summer meal. The hosts and the waiters were charming and attentive, and they made sure our meal went well from beginning to end. The decisive element to the success of any restaurant is, of course, a solid and knowledgeable chef. The Billot has just the person,...

Blog - July 22, 2014

 Callao: the best ceviche in Montreal

Posted by  Anne McDougall 
in Restaurant Review
Blog: Callao: the best ceviche in Montreal
After catching a show at the Just for Laughs Festival, my friend and I headed up to Callao, a Peruvian restaurant on Laurier street which opened in June. We had read some good reviews of the food, prepared by Chef Mario Navarrete Jr., and we were eager to try it out. We explained to our very attentive waiter that we were planning to mostly eat the fish and seafood on offer, and he recommended that we order a bottle of the Californian Fess Parkay Chardonnay ($37). We began with an entrée each. My friend ordered the Papas a la huancaina ($7) which,...

Blog - July 11, 2014

 Cinko: Eat to your heart’s content at $5 a dish!

Posted by  Anne McDougall 
in Restaurant Review
Blog: Cinko: Eat to your heart’s content at $5 a dish!
Since we were heading for the Place des Spectacles to catch the free Diana Krall show at the Jazz Festival (I love Montreal in the summer!), my friend and I decided to catch dinner in the Latin Quarter, at Cinko, a new restaurant that opened on St-Denis street. The formula they present certainly made us curious: all dishes offered on the menu are five dollars! The restaurant is situated in such a way that it has a long terrace running along its side, which makes for lots of outdoor seating. Our friendly waiter gave us our food and drinks...

Blog - June 23, 2014

 The Manitoba: Exploring a New World of Taste

Posted by  Anne McDougall 
in Restaurant Review
Blog: The Manitoba: Exploring a New World of Taste
Yesterday night, my son and I had a most original dining experience.  We agreed to meet at Manitoba, situated right at the end of St-Zotique next to Park avenue.  This restaurant is only three months old, but it is enjoying well deserved success, and this is why it is best to reserve a table. The restaurant does not seem like much from the outside -although that will soon change with the planned building of a terrace-  but once you set foot in this beautiful space, you sense an invitation to explore an original eating concept, which begins with the decor: a...

Blog - June 17, 2014

 A Memorable Meal at Les Coudes sur la Table

Posted by  Anne McDougall 
in Restaurant Review
Blog: A Memorable Meal at Les Coudes sur la Table
Over the last few years, East enders of Montreal have been witnessing the economic revival of their area. It is no longer necessary to leave the neighborhood in search of a great restaurant, and going out to dinner can mean a short walk from home.  Les Coudes sur la Table has been open for less than a year, and has made a solid reputation for itself as a dependable bistro-fare restaurant.  It was opened by friends  Alexandre Jourdan and Cédric Deslandes, the chef. Make sure to call and make a reservation, since the restaurant is not open for dinner every day...

Blog - April 08, 2014

 The Delicious but Elusive Barcola

Posted by Josée De Angelis 
in Restaurant Review
Blog: The Delicious but Elusive Barcola
It took three weeks just to get a reservation. We even showed up once out of the blue to be turned away, but we understood why: there are only about 30 seats in this Mile-End restaurant. It is that small. And it is often packed, probably because the Chef and owner, Fabrizio Caprioli, was the Chef at the well-known Buona Notte on Saint-Laurent Blvd. The food he prepares is strongly influenced by the cuisine he learned in his native Trieste neighbourhood of Barcola. We finally got a reservation on a Thursday evening, without knowing that it was a Prosecco Aperitivo evening....

Blog - March 19, 2014

 Anga : The warmth of Brazil

Posted by Josée De Angelis 
in Restaurant Review
Blog: Anga : The warmth of Brazil
A tall rubber plant with huge leaves set against bamboo walls make you forget the cold winter weather outside, giving the impression you're on vacation in a warm, sunny country. We were greeted by the owner, Lisya Said, who was just delightful. Throughout our experience at Anga, the service and attention we received is noteworthy. You'll see below why. We chose from the à la carte menu. On their website, they also offer the Anga menu, with a choice of either 5 or 7 dishes, but we didn't see this menu. The shrimp flambéed in cachaça ($6), the Brazilian rum distilled from sugarcane...

Blog - February 11, 2014

 The Frunchroom : Back to the '20s

Posted by Josée De Angelis 
in Restaurant Review
Blog: The Frunchroom : Back to the '20s
Open since December 9, 2013, with its sleek style and fashionable design, this fresh new restaurant-bar on René-Lévesque Blvd. West is all warm wood and soft lighting coming from huge chandeliers. Huge, rusted metal beams are mixed in the wood on the far wall to remind us that the Frunchroom hints at the prohibition years, when apparently the expression “frunch room” was Chicago slang for the front room of the house, as opposed to the living room. The menu is filled with vintage photos of that era and some of the waiters wear the white shirt, sleeves rolled up, with...

Blog - January 29, 2014

 Brasserie Bernard Review

Posted by Josée De Angelis 
in Restaurant Review
Blog: Brasserie Bernard Review
The first thing you notice when you enter this new restaurant is the noise, followed closely by the tantalizing aromas. Filling in big shoes, it's situated in the now-defunct Moulerie space that was popular for many years. The lights are dimmed so low, perhaps to create a sense of intimacy albeit betrayed by the level of noise, that everyone had difficulty reading their menus; one lady used her flashlight option on her iPhone. The Maître D' greeted us at the door and showed us to our table in a very friendly manner. For a Monday night following...

Blog - January 14, 2014

 Bier Markt : Another brasserie

Posted by Josée De Angelis 
in Restaurant Review
Blog: Bier Markt : Another brasserie
Another brasserie. I was expecting a beer list and a simple menu of typical brasserie food. I was blown away by Bier Markt. It's the first of its genre here in Montreal but Torontonians know this concept well: they have four locations to choose from. Ours is on René-Lévesque Boulevard, right in front of the Bell Center. You can't miss it, there's a huge manneken-pis statue right above the entrance. Once you enter, on your left you'll discover another one watching over you if you go to the second floor. When you walk in, you're in a bar, with loud...

Blog - December 04, 2013

 La Société : Take a look at high society

Posted by Josée De Angelis 
in Restaurant Review
Blog: La Société : Take a look at high society
From Toronto comes La Société, a French bistro located inside the luxurious Hotel Loews Vogue on de la Montagne Street. The chef Sean Reeve was also in Toronto previously, at the Italian restaurant Briscola Trattoria. This is his first endeavour in French cuisine, having trained and worked in Italian restaurants before moving to Montreal and La Société....

Blog - November 19, 2013

 Grenouille : Weird name, good food

Posted by Josée De Angelis 
in Restaurant Review
Blog: Grenouille : Weird name, good food
Okay, so the name is a little weird. Still this new restaurant on Mount-Royal Avenue is anything but weird. Located where an all-you-can-eat sushi restaurant used to be, it was gutted out and redone with lots of bricks and wood and it turned out very charming and warm. The menu is based on the French owners’ family favourites, what they considered comfort foods when they were kids.   The choices are simple, not many but enough to find something for everyone. You can have sweet and salty nuts with olives or fries with mayo as an aperitif, or...

Blog - October 02, 2013

 Moishes : A Mystery

Posted by Jacques Boucher 
in Restaurant Review
Blog: Moishes : A Mystery
For many years Moishes Restaurant has enjoyed a spotless reputation: finest quality beef and flawless service. Two years ago, I visited the Saint-Laurent Boulevard establishment and had decided, after the meal, not to write about it, as I wasn’t convinced I had experienced the best of what this glorious steakhouse had to offer. I went back last Friday to make sure that my experience two years ago wasn’t a typical evening at Moishes. Upon our arrival, we waited in the hall where guests wait to be seated. The maitre d’ then takes us to our table for two, right next to...

Blog - August 23, 2013

 Street food is here to stay

Posted by Jacques Boucher 
in Restaurant Review
Blog: Street food is here to stay
In June the City of Montreal announced a pilot project long awaited by the population of Montreal and especially by the local 'foodies'. The street food project is in full gear in the city since the beginning of the summer.  A selection Committee chose among many applicants seventeen foodtrucks from restaurants already having storefronts in the city. The selection was made according to eight pre-established criteria, including the quality of the food supply, creativity, appearance of the vehicle and its availability. Foodtrucks operate a daily rotation among the nine selected sites. Therefore, citizens can eat something different every day. What...

Blog - July 30, 2013

 Restaurant Pitaya Maya

Posted by Jacques Boucher 
in Restaurant Review
Blog: Restaurant Pitaya Maya
I have always appreciated Mexican cuisine: tortillas, burritos and dishes of chicken, beef and seafood, with sides of tomatoes, avocado, lettuce and cheese. The restaurant we visit this week claims to serve authentic Mexican food. So nothing to do with what is served in Montreal so far? Let’s see if it’s true .The restaurant Pitaya Maya is located in the middle of the West  Island of Montreal. There is a large parking space and the front is peculiar with its gray brick and touches of pink and turquoise. A terrace is available to guests but offers a view of the...

Blog - June 28, 2013

 Le Comptoir Charcuteries et Vins

Posted by Jacques Boucher 
in Restaurant Review
Blog: Le Comptoir Charcuteries et Vins
I had heard so many good things about this restaurant since it opened that I simply had to visit the next time I found myself on St. Laurent Blvd. Frankly, I wondered how this restaurant could remain open, given that its kind is so common in Montreal. I was about to find out. The place is unpretentious with lots of wood and even more bright light. Increasingly, Montrealers, instead of going to a full-on restaurant, choose to visit a wine bar for a butcher's board full of homemade cold cuts and wines by the glass at a good price. In keeping...